Greens to join the Equal Love rally in support of equal rights and IDAHOT

Victorian Greens spokesperson for LGBTI, Sue Pennicuik MLC, will be joining the Equal Love rally in Melbourne this Saturday on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).*

Greens deputy leader and federal member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, will be speaking at the rally.

“It is ten years since the Howard government infamously amended the federal Marriage Act 1961 to define marriage as between a man and a woman,” Ms Pennicuik said.

“I’ve been joining thousands of people at these rallies since then to stand against this blatant discrimination and in support of full equal rights for all.

“The Greens have also been fighting for marriage equality with bills in federal and state parliaments," Ms Pennicuik said.

Q: 10462 Self-Represented Litigants


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation (for the Attorney-General): Is the Department of Justice or any other organisation monitoring the impact that self-representation has on litigants and the justice system, including:

State budget – another big let-down for education

The state budget is another big let-down for everyone who cares about education, Victorian Greens Education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik has said today.

“Victoria has been the lowest spending of any state government on education for many years. This Coalition government has taken millions of dollars out of in-school programs, such as EMA and VCAL and closed regional offices that provided much needed support for schools. This budget does nothing to repair that damage or lift our education spending above the national average,” Ms Pennicuik said.

Palace Theatre development


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 12 December last year I raised a matter during an adjournment debate with the Minister for Planning, Mr Guy, with regard to the Palace Theatre. I asked that in addition to the idea of mandatory height controls he consider putting a moratorium on any major development in Bourke Street until the heritage study has been completed. Yesterday I received his answer in which he said that the government is committed to protecting unique city precincts and is currently considering options for how to best implement these controls.

Meanwhile we have learned that the Palace Theatre is to close its doors as a music venue this month, which is a great blow to Victoria's live music fans.

Greens call on Government to amend new dog breeding code

Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, has called on the government to stick to its promise to crack down on puppy farms and amend the newly revised code of practice for breeding and rearing establishments to limit the number of litters that a female dog can have in a registered breeding establishment to five.

“This provision was included in the final draft code of practice in December last year, but was removed by the government at the last minute," Ms Pennicuik said. “Thousands of people who participated in good faith and made submissions on the revision of the code are now left feeling furious and betrayed by the process, the minister and the government.

Honorary Justices Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am pleased to speak on the Honorary Justices Bill 2014. I am sure I echo the sentiments of everyone in this chamber and indeed in the Parliament in expressing appreciation for the work done in Victoria by honorary justices: justices of the peace and bail justices.

Dog breeding code of practice


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Peter Walsh. It is in regard to the revision of the code of practice for the operation of breeding and rearing businesses, revision no. 1, under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which was published in the Government Gazette on 11 April.

As the minister is aware, this code has caused great consternation amongst animal welfare organisations such as Oscar's Law, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society and others, as well as the general public, because people want to see an end to cruel practices and the exploitation of animals in pet breeding establishments. Thousands of people participated in good faith and made submissions on the revision of the code.


Q: 10455 WorkSafe- State Coroner Recommendations


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Assistant Treasurer:
In relation to his responsibility as Minister for WorkSafe, what action has been taken by WorkSafe Victoria to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests: